ST. AUGUSTINE, FL – The Florida Federation of Fairs & Livestock Shows, the state’s leading fair industry organization, honored South Florida Fair Vice President and Chief Operations Officer Victoria Chouris at the Federation’s annual convention and dinner in St. Augustine. Chouris was enshrined in the Federation’s prestigious Hall of Fame highlighting a 29 year career that began in the Fair’s finance office in West Palm Beach in 1982.
“I am so amazed and proud of this honor, I want to shout it from the rooftop,” Chouris said afterward. “Thank-you to everyone that made this possible.”
As Chief Operations Officer of the South Florida Fair, Chouris is among those who steer Palm Beach County’s oldest and largest outdoor event held each January. She helps manage a full and part time staff of 45 employees and directly oversees historic Yesteryear Village on the Fairgrounds. The Ohio native is very active in both national and state Fair associations and is connected with local organizations including Board memberships with the Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Palm Beach State College Foundation and Leadership Palm Beach County. Her induction into the Florida Federation of Fairs Hall of Fame comes on the heels of capturing the prestigious 2010 Athena Award given annually to an outstanding Palm Beach County businesswoman.
“It is with great pleasure and pride that our own Victoria Chouris was inducted into the Florida Federation of Fairs Hall of Fame for her work with our Fair and her contributions to our industry through her activity with both the Florida Federation of Fairs and the International Association of Fairs and Expositions,” said Rick Vymlatil, South Florida Fair President and Chief Executive Officer. “I know you will all join me in congratulating Vicki on this recognition and wish her all the best as she continues on in her career with our Fair.”
The Florida Federation of Fairs & Livestock Shows works to increase the overall quality of Florida’s agricultural fairs. The organization provides 55 member fairs the support and guidance needed to enlighten youth and educate fairgoers about agriculture, trade, entertainment and the heritage of Florida.
Chouris is the third South Florida Fair representative to be inducted into the Florida Federation of Fairs & Livestock Shows Hall of Fame preceded by Vymlatil and former Manager Brantley “Buck” Christian.